Formentera is a one-hour boat trip away from Ibiza. It is a very peaceful, quiet island covering an area of 85 kms2. It is completely flat apart from the raised part in the West of the island known as the Sa Mola. Parts of the coastline are still natural including some of its beaches. The only industry that exists on the island is salt mining.
Formentera has a
population of approximately 5,300 and is divided into 5 areas: Sant Francesc Xavier,
Sant Ferrán de Ses Roques, El Pilar de la Mola, Sa Savina and Es Pujols.
There area also two smaller, nearby islands: Espalmador and Espardell
The capital is Sant Francesc. The most important port is Sa Savina, 3 kms from the capital. Although it is possible to hire cars on the islands, visitors are asked to use bicycles to visit the island in an attempt to keep pollution to a minimum.
It has a warm mediterranean climate and its own ecosystem. The
island has lots of vegetation, including many pine forests, flowers and fauna.
Something which stands out is how its inhabitants have incorporated nature into
their way of living, converting rocks or trees into monuments or decorative features.
Like the other Balearic islands, Formentera has two official languages -Catalan and Spanish.
The island has been inhabited for 4000 years. Over its history it has been occupied by the Greeks (8 B.C.), theCartagens, the Romans (2 B.C.)the Vandals, the Bizantines, the Godos, the Normans and the Moors who helpeddevelop the island's agriculture and irrigation.
In 1235 it was conquered by the Christians and placed under the control of Jaime I, king of Aragon. Throughout its history Formentera been a gateway for pirates due to its strategic location.
Sant Francesc Xavier,
capital of Formentera: All official buildings and central services can be
found here. What is curious about this small capital is that it is surrounded
by the sea on one side and and two large lakes on the other: Es Estany des Peix
and Es Estany Pudent, something which makes it quite spectacular.
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